Petition articles call for change
Shrewsbury – Several petition articles on the Town Warrant are seeking change in the way Shrewsbury government does business.
Article 15 is asking Town Meeting members to approve setting term limits, with elected officials serving no more than two consecutive terms in a single office.
Anyone who had served two complete terms in a single office would be eligible to run for the same office again only after a full term had passed with another person holding the position.
Article 16 would alter the way vacancies on elected boards, committees and commissions were filled. Currently, the town moderator fills vacancies on the Finance Committee, while members of the Board of Selectmen and School Committee appoint members to complete terms on the respective boards until the next election.
Town Meeting will decide if vacancies should instead be filled based on the number of votes received by unsuccessful candidates who ran for the position in the most recent election.
The second highest votegetter would be offered the position first. Should the second-highest vote-getter decline, the next highest vote-getter would be offered the position and so on.
Article 17 would change the nomination process of Town Meeting members, requiring interested candidates to disclose their place of employment, current and past service as elected or appointed town or school officials, and family members they have that currently work for the town, school or serve on an appointed board or committee.
Article 18 would prevent people from holding more than one elected or appointed position at a time. If appointed or elected to more than one town position, the person would need to choose which of the positions they would like to hold within two weeks of the appointment or election.
Town Meeting members will decide the fate of these articles at the upcoming Annual Town Meeting Monday May 18.
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